Naranjo, Elijah – “My Backyard” Jar with Hummingbirds (2007) with Ribbon
4.5"w x 6.75"h
Elijah Naranjo learned to make pottery from his mother Dolly Naranjo and sister Jody Naranjo. He works in a similar style with the sgraffito designs and brown firing. This jar is from 2007 and it is entitled, “My Backyard”. It is a shape with an asymmetric neck and the area above the shoulder is fully polished while below it is matte. The polished area has hummingbirds and flowers. The area below has a geometric style of water design. The jar was fired to be brown in coloration, so there is a color variation as the jar is turned. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Elija Naranjo”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It received a blue ribbon at the 2007 Santa Fe Indian Market. It is signed by Charles King, Robert Nichols, and Jody Folwell. It always nice to see pieces that I judged in the past come back to the market. I remember such a great time with Robert and Jody, as they were both very knowledgable and assertive in their ideas about the work. That made it a very educational experience.